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Don't Be an April Fool—Required Minimum Distribution Deadline is April 1

If you turned age 70½ during 2016, the IRS wants to remind you that in most cases you must start taking required minimum distributions from your Individual Retirement Accounts and workplace retirement plans by Saturday, April 1, 2017.

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Duration—What an Interest Rate Hike Could Do to Your Bond Portfolio

If you own bonds or have money in a bond fund, there is a number you should know. It is called duration. Although stated in years, duration is not simply a measure of time. Instead, duration signals how much the price of your bond investment is likely to fluctuate when there is an up or down movement in interest rates. The higher the duration number, the more sensitive your bond investment will be to changes in interest rates.

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